Charlotte is doing quite well since her last surgery, where the surgeon finished the majority of the work on her lips and slimmed down her nose. The two weeks between the last two surgeries was by far the most difficult for Charlotte. She had to abstain from solid foods, drinking protein drinks, applesauce and yogurt through a straw.
Her lips were swollen for a few days after the most recent surgery, making it difficult for her to eat for yet a few more days, but by Thanksgiving, she was able to enjoy the meal with her family. As we sat around the table and shared the things we were thankful for, Charlotte was thankful, “That the raccoon didn’t kill her and that she is still alive today.”
We are thankful for all of the love and support that Charlotte has received throughout this process. We aren’t sure how we would have made it happen without the generosity of friends, family and strangers. It was a very humbling Thanksgiving for the Ponce family.
Charlotte went back today to have a stint in her nostrils removed before her next surgery later this week, which is slotted to be the final major one on her nose. Because of slower than anticipated healing of her forehead (where they grafted skin to build her nose), she is likely to have significant scarring. So, in about three months, she should be back at Beaumont for a skin graft to help with her forehead. Additionally, she will have some fat injected into her right cheek, which lays flat since the attack compared to her left cheek, which was untouched. She still has some hairs on her nose from the graft on her forehead, and she may have to have electrolysis to remove them at a later date.
It is amazing to look at photos of Charlotte from before she started surgeries and to realize how quickly she has undergone this major transformation. We are looking forward to the day when all is done, but being thankful and making the most of each day from now until then.
Happy holidays to all of you, and may you be safe and joyful during this season!
- Mlive.com: Charlotte Ponce has a ‘complete top lip,’ and surgeon pleased with the results
- Royal Oak Patch: It’s Round Four of Nose Reconstruction Surgery for Charlotte Ponce
- Beaumont Press Room: Round 4: surgeons reconstruct West Michigan girl’s nose and lip